By Sadie Hunter
S. Matthew Cook, a lifelong Noblesville resident, has been chosen to fill the seat of Noblesville City Judge made vacant upon Judge Greg Caldwell’s death in October.
Gov. Mike Pence appointed Cook on Nov. 21, and he will be sworn in at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Noblesville City Courtroom at 135 S. Ninth St.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by my selection. I am excited to begin this new journey in the legal system and look forward to serving the city I love in a new way,” Cook stated.
Cook graduated from Noblesville High School in 1987, where he was valedictorian.
He later earned his business degree and J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law of Bloomington, where he was named to the Order of Barristers.
Now, he and his father run a law firm, Cook & Cook, on the downtown square in Noblesville.
Cook is a member of the Hamilton County and Indiana State Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
He previously served as a board member of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation. He also is involved in the Noblesville Boy Scouts program, Noblesville High School Alumni Association, Noblesville Elks and Kiwanis clubs.
“I have known Matthew for a long time and have faith that he will be a fair and honest city judge,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear stated. “I have no doubt that he will excel in this role. Noblesville runs in Matthew’s blood. We all know Matthew from his prominent career as a lawyer, but he gives back to Noblesville every chance he gets.”
Cook will fill the remaining term of Caldwell, who served in the role since 1992. Since his passing, judges Judith S. Proffitt, Jerry M. Barr and Daniel J. Pfleging have served as judges pro tempore in the Noblesville City Court.